Finance Abstract Background


Financial activities are Montana’s largest sector in terms of GDP. The finance industry is a critical sector employing millions of people. The Finance sector includes careers in accounting, financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Finance career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy, providing endless opportunities to work in a variety of areas. 

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Associate Degree/Certificate

The following finance careers can be achieved with an Associate degree or a certificate.
Tax Preparer

Tax Preparer

  • Average Salary: $36,240
  • Job Growth (10 yr): Much faster than average
  • Annual Openings:  High
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Loan Clerk

  • Average Salary: $39,220
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Faster than average
  • Annual Openings:  Moderate

Bachelor's Degree

The following careers can be achieved with a Bachelor's degree.
Accountant at computer


  • Average Salary: $63,240
  • Job Growth (10 yr): Much faster than average
  • Annual Openings:  Very high
Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst

  • Average Salary: $70,460
  • Job Growth (10 yr): Average

Master's Degree

A Master's degree is typically needed for the following career.
hands at a computer

Financial Manager

  • Average Salary: $100,530
  • Job Growth (10 yr): Faster than average
  • Annual Openings:  High

Make Your Way Into the Financial Field.

Whether you’re just exploring in high school, still undecided as a college student, or an adult who is wondering if this field is right for you, you can take steps today to enter the field of finance. Find out what you can do no matter where you are.
  • Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Computer Applications/Business Computer Applications
  • Computerized Accounting/Quickbooks
  • Entrepreneurship/Intro to Business
  • Economics
  • Personal Finance
  • Psychology
  • Senior Year Math
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Accounting Technology
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Technology
  • Bookkeeping
  • Job Shadow
  • Conduct an Interview with an Accountant or Financial Planner
  • Partner with Business/Community Leaders on a Community/School Project
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Work at School-Based Enterprise/School Store
  • Accountant/Nonprofit Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Treasurer/Controller

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